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Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

Elementary school’s first responder team saves teacher with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

School nurse Allison Duffy used to grumble when her CPR recertification came due every two years. In 15 years of nursing, even while working in a hospital, she’d never had to use the lifesaving skill.

That changed Nov. 2 of last year.

Alisha Byerly, a teacher at […]

Nevada to require CPR training in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nevada recently became the 37th state to require CPR training for students. Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill in May.

After the law takes effect with the 2017-2018 school year, all of the state’s high school graduates will know how to perform CPR. For public schools […]

One CPR class changed his entire life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Manny Medina was 16, he didn’t know or care much about emergency cardiovascular care as he walked into a CPR class at his high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“But then I pulled out the (defibrillator) pads and all of a sudden I felt […]

Kansas man has new appreciation for EMS, bystander CPR after cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted.

“When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stellwagon […]

Father of the bride collapses at wedding – dramatically showing need for public access to AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The best day of Dr. Ralla Shrit’s life turned into her worst nightmare in a matter of seconds.

As she was cutting the cake at her wedding reception, her 60-year-old father collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom. For 10 excruciating minutes, […]

Quick CPR saves runner, who finds his ‘angels’ using social media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The crowd cheered as Bill Amirault neared the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon in Florida. Suddenly, he felt faint and had tunnel vision, so he slowed to walk. Then he collapsed.

Fellow runners and bystanders rushed to him. Luckily, the first three people […]

Mom saves son with CPR after heart-stopping hit to chest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It all started out so normally.

Jose Agredano, 16, had a soccer match on Feb. 16. In California, the San Benito High School team was playing Watsonville High, at Watsonville’s field. Jose’s parents, Jose Sr. and Gina, a family care doctor, were on the sidelines.

A hard […]

Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer and recent transplant recipient Rod Carew now knows whose heart and kidney are keeping him alive: Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who died following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

This is believed to be the […]

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]